Is there anything better on a hot summer day than sitting under the porch or veranda and sipping on a cold iced tea?
Move over Mr Lipton, this iced tea recipe is surprisingly delicious, and will rouse you from your heat-induced drowsiness and help you beat the heat like no other beverage.
The secret to its delicious taste, apart from using our fine quality Delisse tea bags, is to cold-brew this icy delight.
This iced tea recipe confers all of the benefits of our beloved health tea: it’s an energy pick-me-up, mild pain reliever, mood brightener and mental simulator. Yep, it’s all these and more – your medicine never tasted so good!
Better-tasting than store-bought iced tea, and more energy than any energy drink, combined!
200ml of filtered or still natural mineral water, at room temperature
1 or 2 Delisse tea bags per 200ml water, plus “one or two for the pot”.
- 2 tea bags per cup adds more “oomph” and flavour 🙂
1 teaspoon of raw sugar per 200ml serve (or equivalent desired sweetener).
- Sugar works best if pre-dissolved in a small amount of boiling water.
Fresh lemons or limes to juice and for optional garnish.
Some fresh mint leaves for flavour and colour (optional).
Measure out the desired amount of water into a jug.
Place the Delisse tea bags in the water, and gently press on them with the back of a spoon to thoroughly soak them.
Let sit at room temperature for at least 20 minutes. Longer is better – we get great results from soaking the tea bags for 40 minutes to one hour, occasionally stirring and pressing on the bags with a spoon.
You’ll notice the colour of the infusion will turn into deeper shades of caramel-brown the longer you soak and the more you press on the bags.
When it won’t get any darker, it’s time to sweeten your brew.
Pour in your pre-dissolved sugar syrup, or alternative sweetener and stir to mix thoroughly.
Refrigerate till icy cold, if you can wait long enough! If you can’t, you can always add ice 🙂
When ready to serve, squeeze in some fresh lemon juice to taste. Add a little at a time, stir and taste until you get just the right zing for your taste buds.
Top with ice, and garnish with a lemon/lime wedge and mint sprig if desired.
Enjoy! But don’t expect to relax for too long, the energy-giving nature of this tea may make you want to mow the lawn in full summer sun, do some gardening, painting or other activity!